Before I get ready to host the Golden Globes fete a ma maison, mayhaps some predictions are in order. After all, if I am right, that gives me bragging rights. And bragging rights are important to me.
BEST PICTURE - DRAMA
The Hurt Locker
Up in the Air
WHAT WILL WIN: The Hurt Locker, because sweeps are de rigueur.
WHAT SHOULD WIN: Avatar.
BEST PICTURE - COMEDY
(500) Days of Summer
Julie & Julia
WHAT WILL WIN: Nine, because HFPA prefers musicals and it's the most-nominated in this category.
WHAT SHOULD WIN: (500) Days of Summer
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
WHO WILL WIN: Kathryn Bigelow, because this is her year, and it cannot be denied.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Anyone except Eastwood.
Neill Blomkamp/Terri Tatchell, District 9
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Nancy Meyers, It's Complicated
Jason Reitman/Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
WHO WILL WIN: The Hurt Locker, because I do believe in the love for that movie.
WHAT SHOULD WIN: Inglourious Basterds.
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Tobey Maguire, Brothers
WHO WILL WIN: Jeff Bridges.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Well, I still need to see Crazy Heart, but I'm personally torn between Clooney and Firth. Both so great in their respective films.
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL/COMEDY
Matt Damon, The Informant!
Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey, Jr., Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man
WHO WILL WIN: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, because he's repping the best film in the category.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
WHO WILL WIN: Carey Mulligan, since I dare not believe the Americans are taking these categories without a threat. Mulligan's film actually came out, too.
WHO SHOULD WIN: I do not consider myself able to pick a favorite without having seen The Young Victoria or The Last Station.
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL/COMEDY
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Julia Roberts, Duplicity
Meryl Streep, It's Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
WHO WILL WIN: La Streep for Julie & Julia
WHO SHOULD WIN: Haven't seen Duplicity; otherwise, La Streep in Julie & Julia
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
WHO WILL WIN: Christoph Waltz.
WHO SHOULD WIN: I don't know. Haven't seen Harrelson's or Plummer's work. Probably Waltz, though.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Julianne Moore, A Single Man
WHO WILL WIN: Mo'Nique.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Vera Farmiga? Nah, Mo'Nique's win is cool with me.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
WHAT WILL WIN: Up
WHAT SHOULD WIN: Fantastic Mr. Fox
BEST FOREIGN FILM
The White Ribbon
WHAT WILL WIN: The White Ribbon.
WHAT SHOULD WIN: Haha, yeah! Like I've seen any of these! Release schedules don't work like that, hon.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"I See You" from Avatar
"Winter" from Brothers
"The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart
"I Want to Come Home" from Everybody's Fine
"Cinema Italiano" from Nine
WHAT WILL WIN: "Cinema Italiano", because of the OOH AHH factor of the song.
WHAT SHOULD WIN: "I See You", although to be fair, I haven't heard "The Weary Kind"
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Carter Burwell/Karen O, Where the Wild Things Are
Michael Giacchino, Up
Marvin Hamlisch, The Informant!
James Horner, Avatar
Abel Korzeniowski, A Single Man
WHO WILL WIN: Toughie. Probably Marvin Hamlisch for the nostalgia factor.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Toughie. Probably Michael Giacchino for the pure, freeing fun of it all.
Please don't think less of me when I'm wrong. See you at seven!